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Dash Robotics's DIY robots controlled by smartphones, look like insects (video)

Dash Robotics's DIY robots controlled by smartphones, look like insects (video) | Heron | Scoop.it
What could kids find more fun (and parents find more affordable) than fancy toy robots? Toy robots they build themselves that scurry around like
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Clayton Boyer: Steampunk Impulse Engine - Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik

Dieses kinetische Objekt von CB wird angetrieben durch ein Federwerk, welches nach Aufziehen mit konstanter Kraftabgabe 20 Minuten lang läuft.
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The Automata Blog: Video of incredible Huntsman Smoker automaton

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3D Printed Walking Robot

3D Printed Walking Robot | Heron | Scoop.it
This 3D Printed Walking Robot is just the thing to keep watch over your desktop. I tried to keep it as simple as possible with a minimum of parts. If ...

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Great American Cars Of The Forties - 1942-1945 Willys Army Jeep

Great American Cars Of The Forties - 1942-1945 Willys Army Jeep | Heron | Scoop.it
Is any vehicle better known than the military Jeep? Not likely, unless it's the Ford Model T or Volkswagen Beetle. Not surprisingly, they're similar in several ways. All were known for rugged const...
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Drone Tech Winners and Losers at the Precision Aerial Ag Conference 2014

Drone Tech Winners and Losers at the Precision Aerial Ag Conference 2014 | Heron | Scoop.it
Last week my colleague Mitch Solomon and I were privileged to be in the company of more than one thousand farmers in rural Decatur, IL, for the two-day Prec…
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Hey There Little Plant. Let's Be Friends!

Hey There Little Plant. Let's Be Friends! | Heron | Scoop.it
Perhaps, you're circle of friends is getting too small. Or maybe, you just want to communicate with the leafy, green beings that have rooted themselves in the soil inside your house. If so, this en...
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Silicone sensors give robot fingers the human touch - Wired.co.uk

Silicone sensors give robot fingers the human touch - Wired.co.uk | Heron | Scoop.it
Silicone sensors give robot fingers the human touch
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Robot arms that can feel as well as grip are on the way, but developing a bionic nervous system is expensive and complicated.
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Summer camp teaches robotics with Legos - WRDW-TV

Summer camp teaches robotics with Legos - WRDW-TV | Heron | Scoop.it
Summer camp teaches robotics with Legos
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Counselors use the Legos to teach campers principles of science, technology, engineering and math. "We kinda hide it in.
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Robotic ‘cows’ and drone vehicles are patrolling jungles with Marines

Robotic ‘cows’ and drone vehicles are patrolling jungles with Marines | Heron | Scoop.it
In typically funny and blunt fashion, the Marines in Hawaii have taken to calling one of them "the cow." (Meet the robot "cow" that Marines are using. Looks like Darth Vader's troops would drive it.
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future - Wired

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future - Wired | Heron | Scoop.it
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.
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Meet Jibo, the world's first family robot – built by MIT's social robotics ...

Meet Jibo, the world's first family robot – built by MIT's social robotics ... | Heron | Scoop.it
Cynthia Breazeal, an MIT professor and one of the pioneers of social robotics, has unveiled “the world's first family robot.” Called Jibo, the all-white desktop-sitting robot has more than a passing resemblance to a certain robot ...
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How it’s made: FABtotum Personal Fabricator | FABtotum

How it’s made: FABtotum Personal Fabricator | FABtotum | Heron | Scoop.it

The production and release date of the Personal Fabricator has been pushed back until at least late July to account for late supplies, but that this doesn’t mean production will have to start from scratch.

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DIY Etching of Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)

DIY Etching of Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) | Heron | Scoop.it
Making your own PCB boards for DIY electronics projects is not difficult.  Doing so as a DIY project is extremely handy and allows almost a
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Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages | Business | WIRED

Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages | Business | WIRED | Heron | Scoop.it
General Electric wants to bring clean, reliable, efficient, and affordable energy to the masses, and in a rare move for the 122-year-old company, it's launching a startup to do it.
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An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata Filmed by Douglas Fisher

An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata Filmed by Douglas Fisher | Heron | Scoop.it
Back in 2012 we featured a brief video about a small automata that could almost perfectly mimic the song of a bird.
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Bee-Inspired Bots Skitter and Swarm at NYC's Museum of Mathematics

Dr. James McLurkin has a swarm of robots. Individually, they're not that smart, but a crateful of them behaves in some very complex ways, like the bees that inspired them.
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2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed - Exterior, Interior Walkaround - 2014 New York Auto Show - YouTube

Welcome to AutoMotoTube!!! On our channel we upload every day short, (2-5min) walkaround videos of Cars and Motorcycles. Our coverage is from Auto and Moto s...
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Die öffentlichen Uhren des englischen Malers Kit Williams - Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik

Den Älteren von uns wird Kit Williams vielleicht noch in Erinnerung sein durch sein Bilderbuch Masquerade, dessen kryptische Bilder
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Roboceratops: A Robot Dinosaur That Defies Extinction

Roboceratops: A Robot Dinosaur That Defies Extinction | Heron | Scoop.it
Inspired by a childhood love of dinosaurs, [Robert] set out to build a robotic dinosaur from the Ceratopsian family. After about a year of design, building, and coding, he has sent us a video of Ro...
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BeagleBone Robotic Projects eBook: Richard Grimmett

BeagleBone Robotic Projects eBook: Richard Grimmett: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store (#Canada #5: BeagleBone Robotic Projects: BeagleBone Robotic Projects Richard Grimmett (Author) Download: CDN$...

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Morphing material could allow robots to switch between hard and soft states

Morphing material could allow robots to switch between hard and soft states | Heron | Scoop.it

A new Terminator T-1000 robot-style material made of wax and foam — and capable of switching between hard and soft states — could be used to build morphing surgical robots that move through the body to reach a desired location without damaging organs or vessels along the way.


Robots built from the material, described in a new paper in the journal Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, could also be used in search-and-rescue operations to squeeze through rubble looking for survivors, says Anette Hosoi, an MIT professor of mechanical engineering and applied mathematics who led the research team.


MIT is working on the project with robotics company Boston Dynamics, who began developing the material as part of DARPA’s Chemical Robots program, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, and Stony Brook University.

 

Controlling a very soft structure is difficult, compared to a rigid robot. It’s much harder to predict how the material will move and what shapes it will form. So the researchers decided to develop a material that can switch between a soft and hard state by coating a foam structure in wax. Foam can be squeezed into a small fraction of its normal size, but once released will bounce back to its original shape.

 

The wax coating, meanwhile, can change from a hard outer shell to a soft, pliable surface with moderate heating. This could be done by running a wire along each of the coated foam struts and then applying a current to heat up and melt the surrounding wax. Turning off the current again would allow the material to cool down and return to its rigid state.

In addition to switching the material to its soft state, heating the wax in this way would also repair any damage sustained, Hosoi says. “This material is self-healing,” she says. “So if you push it too far and fracture the coating, you can heat it and then cool it, and the structure returns to its original configuration.”

 

To build the material, the researchers simply placed the polyurethane foam in a bath of melted wax. They also found that a 3D-printed lattice worked better than the polyurethane foam, which would still be fine for low-cost applications, Hosoi says. The wax coating could also be replaced by a stronger material, such as solder, she adds.


Hosoi is now investigating the use of other unconventional materials for robotics, such as magnetorheological and electrorheological fluids. These materials consist of a liquid with particles suspended inside, and can be made to switch from a soft to a rigid state with the application of a magnetic or electric field.

 

Reference:

Nadia G. Cheng et al., Thermally Tunable, Self-Healing Composites for Soft Robotic Applications, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/mame.201400017
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Multilingual self-teaching robot seeks to pleasure the lonely

"Pepper" the mood-robot wants to inject some pleasure into your life. Using a vast array of sensors, the multilingual bot reads the facial expressions and moods of those around it, and then...
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The secret of self-healing robot muscles - CBS News

The secret of self-healing robot muscles - CBS News | Heron | Scoop.it
The secret of self-healing robot muscles
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Think of the shape-shifting T-1000 cyborg in "Terminator 2" that oozed from liquid to a robot with super-human strength.
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Self Balancing Robot Created Using Arduino Hippo-ADK, Android And Lego ... - Geeky gadgets

Self Balancing Robot Created Using Arduino Hippo-ADK, Android And Lego ... - Geeky gadgets | Heron | Scoop.it

Geeky gadgetsSelf Balancing Robot Created Using Arduino Hippo-ADK, Android And Lego ...


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This is what it's like to go full power in an electric race car

This is what it's like to go full power in an electric race car | Heron | Scoop.it
Participants in the upcoming Formula E Championship recently took to the Donington Park circuit to test their machines. And thanks to Audi Sports ABT's Lucas di Grassi, there is now first-person...
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